Randy Thomas (musician)

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Randy Thomas
Born (1954-11-15) November 15, 1954 (age 59)
Origin Denison, Texas, United States
Genres Contemporary Christian music
Occupations Songwriter, record producer
Instruments Guitar
Labels Universal Records
Associated acts Allies, Sweet Comfort Band

Randy Thomas (born November 15, 1954, Denison, Texas, United States) is an American Christian rock musician best known for being a member of the Sweet Comfort Band and Allies and co-writing "Butterfly Kisses".[1]

Thomas performed with Sam Scott and Bob Carlisle in Psalm 150, then joined the Sweet Comfort Band in 1975. Sweet Comfort was the band's debut recording for Maranatha! Music in 1976. Switching to Light Records, Sweet Comfort Band produced five more records, the last titled Perfect Timing. A best-of compilation, Prime Time, followed.

In 1984 Thomas formed the band Allies with Scott and Carlisle. They spent nine years between 1984-1993 doing concerts and recording six albums. The band's debut was self-titled. The most successful Allies recording was Long way from Paradise with two No. 1 singles: "Devil Is a Liar" and "Take Me Back." During this period, Thomas and Carlisle became a well-known songwriting team. The first country song they penned was the 1989 Dolly Parton No. 1 song "Why'd You Come In Here Lookin' Like That?"[2][3]

PolyGram Music,now Universal Music, signed Thomas as a staff writer in 1995. He wrote material for artists such as Bob Carlisle, Cliff Richard, Raybon Brothers, and Jeff Carson as well as for Dolly Parton, Hank Williams Jr., Highway 101, Colin Raye, Ty England, Lila McCann, and Engelbert Humperdinck.

Former Allies drummer Brian Fullen introduced Thomas to Robert John "Mutt" Lange and his wife, Shania Twain. Lange and Twain hired Thomas as a guitarist / vocalist for live international performances to debut the Mercury Records release The Woman In Me. Thomas performed some of the Woman In Me performances throughout 1995 and 1996 which also featured former RCA recording artist/guitarist/songwriter Dan Schafer.[4]

Thomas also played with Canadian artist Paul Brandt,[5] and later SHeDAISY.

He shared the 1997 Grammy Award for Best Country Song with Bob Carlisle for writing the song "Butterfly Kisses".[1] "Butterfly Kisses" sold over three million units and was awarded a Platinum Single Award.

Thomas was producer, co-writer and co-artist on Identical Strangers (Damascus Road Records) with Andy Denton in 1996. Identical Strangers was a critically acclaimed CD yielding two top-5 singles. Thomas retired in 1997, coming out of retirement in 2007.

His various awards include: Grammy, Dove, ASCAP, NSAI, and Nashville Music awards. Thomas and his wife, Lori currently reside in Fort Myers, FL. They have three children, all of whom Randy has co-written songs for: Crystal ("Butterfly Kisses"), Randall ("A Father's Love"), and Sarah ("I Wish I Could").

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
1998 40th Grammy Awards Best Country Song - "Butterfly Kisses"[6] Won
Dove Awards of 1998 Southern Gospel Recorded Song of the Year - "Butterfly Kisses" Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1700581ED - Butterfly Kisses & Other Contemporary Christian Favorites - Piano (Piano/Vocal/Guitar)". Pianospot.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  2. ^ "Dolly Parton: Live & Well at IMDb". Imdb.com. 2009-05-01. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  3. ^ "Song Lyrics". Dollyon-line.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  4. ^ "Dan Schafer Artist performances". Timashley.tripod.com. Retrieved 2012-02-05. 
  5. ^ "Artist profile". Shoutlife.com. Retrieved 2012-01-29. 
  6. ^ "allmusic ((( Bob Carlisle > Charts & Awards > Grammy Awards )))". Allmusic. Retrieved October 2, 2010. 

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